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Mar 7, 2014

Suspected Russian spyware Turla targets Europe, United States

LONDON/BOSTON, March 7 (Reuters) – A sophisticated piece of
spyware has been quietly infecting hundreds of government
computers across Europe and the United States in one of the most
complex cyber espionage programs uncovered to date.

Several security researchers and Western intelligence
officers say they believe the malware, widely known as Turla, is
the work of the Russian government and linked to the same
software used to launch a massive breach on the U.S. military
uncovered in 2008.

Mar 7, 2014

Insight – Suspected Russian spyware Turla targets Europe, U.S

LONDON/BOSTON (Reuters) – A sophisticated piece of spyware has been quietly infecting hundreds of government computers across Europe and the United States in one of the most complex cyber espionage programs uncovered to date.

Several security researchers and Western intelligence officers say they believe the malware, widely known as Turla, is the work of the Russian government and linked to the same software used to launch a massive breach on the U.S. military uncovered in 2008. Those assessments were based on analysis of tactics employed by hackers, along with technical indicators and the victims they targeted.

Mar 7, 2014

Suspected Russian spyware Turla targets Europe, U.S.

LONDON/BOSTON, March 7 (Reuters) – A sophisticated piece of
spyware has been quietly infecting hundreds of government
computers across Europe and the United States in one of the most
complex cyber espionage programs uncovered to date.

Several security researchers and Western intelligence
officers say they believe the malware, widely known as Turla, is
the work of the Russian government and linked to the same
software used to launch a massive breach on the U.S. military
uncovered in 2008. Those assessments were based on analysis of
tactics employed by hackers, along with technical indicators and
the victims they targeted.

Mar 5, 2014

DDoS cyber attacks get bigger, smarter, more damaging

LONDON (Reuters) – Crashing websites and overwhelming data centers, a new generation of cyber attacks is costing millions and straining the structure of the Internet.

While some attackers are diehard activists, criminal gangs or nation states looking for a covert way to hit enemies, others are just teenage hackers looking for kicks.

Mar 4, 2014

How Russian, Ukrainian forces stack up

LONDON, March 4 (Reuters) – Underfunded, underequipped and
with its senior leadership often seen close to Moscow, Ukraine’s
military has been something of a no-show in its confrontation
with Moscow.

But that, experts say, has probably been largely deliberate.

Ukrainian forces have been involved in some stand-offs with
Russian forces particularly around bases in Crimea, some of
which have long been shared between Kiev and Russian forces
attached to the Black Sea Fleet.

Mar 2, 2014

Analysis – Ukraine crisis gives NATO, West no good options

LONDON (Reuters) – With Western powers increasingly concluding Ukraine has lost Crimea to Russia, the U.S. and its allies face few viable options and serious questions over future relations.

In ignoring President Barack Obama’s Friday warning to keep out of Ukraine, Russia looks to be precipitating the greatest crisis in Russia-Western relations since at least the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Mar 2, 2014

Ukraine crisis gives NATO, West no good options

LONDON (Reuters) – With Western powers increasingly concluding Ukraine has lost Crimea to Russia, the U.S. and its allies face few viable options and serious questions over future relations.

In ignoring President Barack Obama’s Friday warning to keep out of Ukraine, Russia looks to be precipitating the greatest crisis in Russia-Western relations since at least the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Feb 27, 2014

Russia raises military clout with reforms after Georgian war

LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Refitting Soviet-era warships,
fielding new aircraft and tanks and seeking new overseas bases,
the Russian military that now has troops on alert amidst a
crisis in Ukraine is more potent than the force which briefly
fought Georgia six years ago.

Moscow is seriously investing in building its clout. Since
2008, it has raised military spending by almost a third and
drastically reformed both the armed forces and defence industry
to tackle post-Cold War decay.

Feb 25, 2014

Recent hacks spur new company cyber spending: survey

LONDON (Reuters) – Almost 60 percent of top firms in the United States, Canada, Britain and Australia have boosted their spending on cyber defenses following the theft of data of millions of customers from U.S. retailer Target and other big companies, a report said on Tuesday.

A survey by BAE Systems Applied Intelligence of senior IT officials in companies ranging from banks to mining, technology and law showed U.S. firms already spending 15 percent of their entire IT budgets on improving security. The number looked set to rise.

Feb 13, 2014

Global spending on space falls, emerging states are spending more

LONDON (Reuters) – Global spending on government space programs dropped for the first time in almost two decades in 2013, a report showed on Thursday, as rising investment among emerging nations failed to offset cuts by the United States.

An annual report by consultancy Euroconsult showed global budgets for space programs dropped to $72.1 billion from $72.9 billion in 2012, the first drop since 1995.

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      "Peter Apps is political risk correspondent for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, covering a range of stories on the interplay between politics, economics and markets. Previously, he was emerging markets correspondent based in London after postings in southern Africa and Sri Lanka. His neck was broken in a vehicle smash on assignment in Sri Lanka in 2006, leaving him largely paralysed from the shoulders down."
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